Augmented Reality: when art, technology and construction collide

In a world first, Tasmania is now seeing the results of when the creative arts, technology and construction come together with an Augmented Reality project at Moonah Primary School.  The new kindergarten designed by Xsquared Architects contains an Augmented Reality brick wall.

The Tasmanian Government’s public art program has facilitated an innovative collaboration between Jackson Wells, Tasmanian Artist and construction industries to build the world’s first-ever commercial Augmented Reality brick wall.  Tasmanian company All Brick Tasmania have constructed Jackson’s art using special Augmented Reality glasses and fologram software.

The technology enables bricklayers to position every brick precisely, allowing for new wall shapes and brick patterns to be achieved which had not previously been possible due to cost.  The ability for the bricklayers to use the Augmented Reality technology removes the error and interpretation of a design, and the software allows the wall to be built with confidence that it is correct.

The intention to have the public art component built into the fabric of the school was a decision made early on by Xsquared Architects.  The School, Department of Education project manager and Arts Tasmania project manager agreed, and the artist’s brief was developed.  In response to a call out for proposals, Mr Wells suggested a ‘woven’ brick feature wall at the entrance to the kindergarten to celebrate how the school helps to ‘weave’ together the diverse communities which make up the vibrant multicultural suburb of Moonah.

Prior to construction starting, Xsquared Architects ran a Virtual Reality session with Jackson Wells, the school, DoE project manager Tim Hodge, and Colin Barrett from Allbrick to show all parties the completed building with Jackson’s wall.  Showcasing the art and architecture together for the construction team and the school, provides confidence in the end product.

Virtual RealityJackson Wells and All Brick Tasmania have both previously collaborated on a pilot AR project with the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture.  This project has been documented here fologram talks


When art, tech and construction collide